Sarah E. Redfield
Professor Sarah E. Redfield is a tenured member of the faculty at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. Her primary teaching areas are education and administrative law.
In 2004, Governor Baldacci appointed Professor Redfield to represent the State of Maine on the Education Commission of the States.
Professor Redfield is a nationally known author and presenter. Her book, Thinking Like a Lawyer: An Educator’s Guide to Legal Analysis and Research, was published in 2002 by Carolina Academic Press. She has published law review and bar articles on threatening speech, the convergence of law and education and K20 school reform. This year she will be presenting at meetings on the Education Law, including the annual national Education Law Conference, the Virginia Education Law Conference and others.
Before coming to UNH School of Law, Professor Redfield practiced civil, environmental and agricultural law for the state of Maine. She served as Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Division of the Maine Attorney General’s Office and as Associate Commissioner for the Department of Agriculture, Food Rural Resources. During this time, in addition to writing Vanishing Farmland (Lexington Books), she published articles on environmental and land use issues, with particular emphasis on farmland and pesticide use.
From this experience, she brings to her teaching an understanding of the power and limitations of legislation and agencies, and a continuing commitment to the public interest and the role of the lawyer in effectuating change.
“I’ve long been interested in social justice and social change, from my college days registering voters in the South, to my environmental work for the Maine Attorney General, to my current work with education issues. I’m particularly interested in the role the law does, can, and should (or should not) play in these arenas.
Law students and lawyers are blessed with an education that enables them to understand and analyze complex situations. I’m particularly interested in the role lawyers play in using their skills to help those individuals or groups who do not have adequate information to understand or participate fully in our system of government.
In terms of my own teaching, I strive to practice what I ‘preach,’ that is, I prefer to see myself not as the omnipotent professor, but rather as the guide to further research and education. I want, always, to allow students the opportunity to find their own voices and speak with their own strengths.”
On a personal note, she is the proud mother of two terrific children, Alex and Althea Rose.